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Cannes71 Lineup

Shocks and surprises abound in today’s Cannes lineup announcement, an annual event traditionally characterized by a comforting, almost numbing sense of familiarity. Oh the Dardennes again, of course. Almodóvar? Sure. Haneke – évidemment!…

Cannes71 Preview

Besides the Oscars, the Cannes lineup announcement probably most feels like Christmastime for cinephiles everywhere. When festival director Thierry Frémaux finally reveals (usually at a painfully deliberate pace) the names of his guests at…

Berlin Dispatch – That’s a Wrap

All right, so I was WAY off with my predictions this year, nailing exactly zero of all awards presented at the 68th Berlinale. It’s never easy to tell how these things will go down with a small number of jurors coming from an eclectic mix…

Berlin Dispatch – Highlights So Far

Day 4 of the 68th Berlinale. Nine competition films have already screened with ten more to go. For an edition that opened so strong, it’s somewhat disappointing that masterpieces haven’t been landing left and right as hoped. Which is…

Sundance Preview

Call them the twin peaks of American Film Festivals. The high altitude buzz that comes out of Sundance and Telluride can carry a movie aloft straight through to Oscar Night. The best movies that come out of Robert Redford's Sundance…